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Alumni Board Candidate Information

Michael Addison

Michael Addison, ’14, MBA ’16

Mike Addison, ’14, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA in 2016 from University of the Cumberlands.  Mike is the lead pastor of New Hope Church of God in Corbin, KY, Vice President of the Appalachian Children’s Home in Barbourville, KY, and an adjunct business professor at the University of the Cumberlands.  

In addition to pastoring a thriving church, Mike has a great passion to see disadvantaged children break the cycle of poverty, enhance their education and find solace in their faith.  Mike also leads two recent startups.  ACH Family Services, a foster agency that recruits, trains, and certifies high character families that look to change the life of a child through foster care and the Career Pathways Institute, a workforce development agency that provides training for over 65 companies in Kentucky.    

Melanie Mackey Bloomer

Melanie Mackey Bloomer, ’90, MAE ’16

Melanie Mackey Bloomer is a native of Knoxville, TN. She has taught special education for a total of 25 years, the last 16 at Willow Brook Elementary School in Oak Ridge, TN. In 2006, she was named Pilot Club of Anderson County Special Education of the Year. Most recently, she was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year for both Willow Brook Elementary and the Oak Ridge City School District. 

Melanie first attended Cumberland from 1985-1990. She returned in 2016 and graduated with her MaEd in Teacher Leadership May 4, 2019. She has served several terms with the Alumni Board of Directors between 2008-2016 and looks forward to serving again, giving back to the school that has made such an impact on her life. 

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Rich Prewitt, ’80

Rich Prewitt, ’80, graduated with B.S. in Biology from Cumberland College.  Rich began his career at Golden Glow Coals in Liggett, Kentucky.  Four years later, he transitioned away from the coalmines to public education. 

Rich spent 29 years as a Biology Teacher, Principal, and Coach, and now a professional grandson spoiler. Upon retirement from school, Rich has spent the last seven years working for Cumberland Valley Electric as their Director of Economic Development, Marketing, and Member Services. He enjoys gardening, hunting, canoeing, and anything that gives him the chance to get out in the woods or on the water.

Cathy Sue Smith

Cathy Sue Smith ‘89

Cathy Sue is a native of Barbourville, Kentucky. After completing her educational degrees, she worked overseas for numerous years as an international teacher, including nearly six years in Manila, Philippines and nine years in Shanghai, China. She worked for seven years with nonprofit federal grant programs operated through Berea College, serving youth throughout the local region. Currently, Cathy Sue is teaching at Barbourville High School, as the Jobs for America’s Graduates Specialist. 

Cathy Sue is a Kentucky Colonel, a Kentucky Coal Baroness, and an “Honorary” US Army recruiter. 

Shannon Warmoth

Shannon Warmoth, ’88

Shannon Warmoth, ’88, graduated from Cumberland College with a B.S. in Sociology.  After graduation, Shannon spent the first 12 years of his career at University of the Cumberland’s where he served as an admissions counselor, Director of Special Events and then as Director of Public Information.

He is currently employed at Worldpay in Cincinnati, a division of FIS Global, where he manages a team of 24 call center advisors. In his spare time he enjoys photography, theatre, cooking and travel.